Sunil Gavaskar lashes out at Virat Kohli’s slow innings of 51 against SRH

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In the IPL 2024 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Virat Kohli’s performance raised eyebrows, particularly from cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar. Despite RCB’s victory, Gavaskar criticized Kohli’s batting approach.

Kohli, the former captain of RCB, scored 51 runs off 43 balls, including four boundaries and a six. However, Gavaskar expressed dissatisfaction with the pace at which the runs were accumulated. His critique underscored the significance of strike rate in the dynamic format of the game.

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Sunil Gavaskar’s dig at Virat Kohli’s strike rate

Initially, Kohli scored 32 runs off 18 balls, but his next 19 runs came from 25 deliveries. Gavaskar pointed out that Kohli did not hit a single boundary after the powerplay. He commented, “In the middle, he just seemed to have lost touch… when you are facing the strike in the first ball of the innings and you get out in the 14th or the 15th over, you have got strike rate of 118, that’s not what your team expects from you”.

Gavaskar’s critique highlights the importance of maintaining a high strike rate throughout the innings, especially for a player of Kohli’s calibre. In T20 cricket, every ball counts, and the ability to score quickly is crucial. A slow scoring rate can put pressure on the other batsmen and potentially affect the team’s overall score.

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Sunil Gavaskar

In contrast to Kohli’s measured innings, Rajat Patidar’s explosive batting showcased a different approach. Patidar scored 50 runs off just 20 balls, starkly contrasting with Kohli’s slower pace. Their partnership of 65 runs saw Patidar taking charge while Kohli focused on rotating the strike to his partner.

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Gavaskar’s critique serves as a reminder of the high expectations placed on top-order batsmen in T20 cricket. While Virat Kohli’s contribution to the team’s total was significant, the pace at which he scored his runs left room for improvement.

The critique also underscores the evolving nature of T20 cricket, where maintaining a high strike rate is often as important as the number of runs scored. As the IPL 2024 progresses, it will be interesting to see how Virat Kohli responds to this critique and whether he adjusts his approach in the upcoming matches.

Also Read: DELHI CAPITALS NAME GULBADIN NAIB AS REPLACEMENT FOR INJURED MITCH MARSH IN IPL 2024

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Teja Devathoti
Teja Devathoti
Sports Content Writer at Swen Entertainment. Teja Devathoti has done his Bachelors in Commerce. He previously worked at Amazon as an associate in Operations. He has been a passionate follower of Cricket and other Sports since his childhood and this was the major reason to shift his career path to content creation because of its story-telling ability. He has a great desire to travel to all corners of the world covering various sports. Other than watching sports, Teja has a keen interest in Travelling, Music and Singing. His favourite cricket memory is India winning the 50 over World Cup and the great man Sachin Tendulkar achieving his biggest dream in his home ground.

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